- Manhattan lawmaker wants to ensure judicial diversity in NY state February 10, 2020
by Denis Slattery
in the New York Daily News
Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) is introducing legislation that would help New York promote judicial diversity by creating annual reports providing lawmakers and the public with valuable insight and demographic information regarding those appointed and elected to the bench.
“They say you can’t manage what you don’t measure,” Hoylman said. “This legislation will help us to understand the importance of judicial diversity and where New York needs to make improvements.” Read more…
- VIDEO – Watch Governor Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address January 9, 2020
Watch Governor Cuomo announce his support for Court Restructuring in his 2020 State of the State Address.
- Cuomo Offers Support for DiFiore’s Court Reform Proposal in State of the State Address January 9, 2020
by Dan M. Clark
in the New York Law Journal
It’s the first time Cuomo has said he would discuss the issue of court reform with members of the Legislature, who have for years given the idea only cursory consideration.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced support during his annual State of the State address Wednesday for Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s ambitious proposal to overhaul the state’s trial court system into a consolidated tier of venues intended to better serve attorneys and litigants.
- Biggest opponents to court-merger plan continues to be Supreme Court justices November 23, 2019
in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court administrators have been trying regularly to get laws passed to consolidate the court system in New York for the last 50 years. Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks has spoken at two public hearings this month to discuss Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s proposal to transform the 11-court system to a three-tiered system. It has drawn mixed reactions, with diversity and judicial independence being two of the biggest concerns expressed by judges who have weighed in. Read more…
- Video – Public Hearing: Court Consolidation – Nov. 21, 2019, Albany November 21, 2019
- Diversity, Independence Concerns Again Roil NY Court Reform November 21, 2019
by Ryan Boysen
The battle lines between supporters and opponents of a sweeping proposal to reform New York’s courts continued to harden at a second legislative hearing on Thursday, with concerns over diversity and stripping judges of their independence emerging as the flies in the ointment of an otherwise well received proposal. Read more…
- VIDEO – Public Hearing: Court Consolidation – Nov. 13, 2019, NYC November 13, 2019
- Reform Necessitates An Amendment November 9, 2019
by The Hon. Paula L. Feroleto
For nearly 30 years, the more rural counties of the Eighth Judicial District have been denied a sitting state Supreme Court Justice because of the logistics, expenses and political realities of being part of a sprawling district. Although the district, where I serve as Administrative Judge, consists of eight counties in Western New York and the Southern Tier, one large county, Erie County, has controlled the judicial election since the very early 1990s.
- Chief Judge Proposes Constitutional Reforms to Simplify Outdated Court Structure, Aiming to Enhance Access, Optimize Resources September 25, 2019
NEW YORK – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore today proposed amendments to the State Constitution that would eliminate New York’s complex maze of 11 separate trial courts and replace it with a simplified three-level structure to make the courts easier to navigate, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs to litigants, among other potential benefits.
- Modern Courts Supports Chief Judge’s Proposal to Simplify the State Court Structure September 25, 2019
ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATION OF A SIMPLIFY THE COURTS COALITION
New York, NY – Modern Courts welcomes and enthusiastically supports the Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s proposal to change the current court system so that it better serves the needs of all those who use the courts to resolve their problems, whether civil, criminal, commercial or family matters.
Amelia T.R. Starr, Chair of the Fund and Committee for Modern Courts, said “Simplifying the courts will provide a system that works for all litigants – families, children, domestic violence survivors, advocates for the poor, small businesses, and anyone else who uses the courts.” Continue Reading